Traffic light helps Pocopson during bridge closure

It’s been almost two weeks since the Route 926 bridge closed, and the phones at the Pocopson Township building have been nearly silent with calls about it.

“The first week of the 926 bridge outage has gone better than expected,” Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Elaine DiMonte wrote in an email. “The township received three phone calls on Tuesday, Feb. 14 regarding the new traffic signal, but other than that we had had no reports of issues or concerns with the detours.”

The bridge closed Feb. 13 as part of an $8.6 million project to replace the ailing span over the Brandywine Creek. A new flashing yellow arrow signal was installed before the bridge closed and is the first of its kind in the Philadelphia region, according to DiMonte. Signs alerting motorists of the light were installed in both directions.

Supervisors’ Chairman Ricki Stumpo said the light would be a permanent addition.

“I think it’s helping,” she said in a phone interview.

At their Jan. 23 meeting, the Pocopson supervisors had talked of contracting with Birmingham Township Police Department to provide a police presence in the area, both after the light begins working and after the bridge first closes. They approved a motion at that meeting to sign a contract with Birmingham, contingent on the “review of particulars of coverage for when the light goes on and when the bridge closes,” according to township Secretary Susan Simone.

State police had indicated they would be in the area for the first few days after the closure, but Pocopson’s supervisors wanted more of a police presence. DiMonte said later that the police were there at various times to monitor traffic and had no reports of issues.

More information about the bridge closure can be found online at www.PA926.com.

Other business

• Feb. 28 is the last day Pocopson supervisors will accept proposals for the Barnard House feasibility study. DiMonte reported there were 16 site visits as of Feb. 17, “and all visitors expressed interest in providing a proposal,” she said in an email. “The site visits have been very helpful to the firms as they could see the Denton Hollow and Barnard House buildings and see first-hand the challenges we have with both locations.”

• The supervisors voted at their Feb. 13 meeting to have Public Works Director Mark Knightly purchase a radar display sign for the township. The previous sign, Stumpo said, had been stolen. The new radar display sign will be moved around the township to help drivers be more aware of their speed.

• A proposed township ordinance regarding keeping of animals has been sent back to the planning commission for further review. All three supervisors had questions about it, Stumpo said. One concern dealt with the definition of an adult animal as any animal older than six months – horses, for instance, could live for up to 50 years, according to Stumpo.

• The supervisors approved a resolution appointing Santhosh K. Kanjula to the Pocopson planning commission. The planning commission meets the first Wednesday of each month.

• At their Jan. 23 meeting, supervisors approved a motion to sign a plan-acknowledging letter for the Chester County Recorder of Deeds, relating to the Marlboro Spring residential subdivision in East Marlborough. A section of land in the plan runs through Pocopson but does not contain any planned development, according to Scott Emerson of Bentley Homes. The county required Pocopson to sign off on the plan before it can be recorded, he said.

• Stumpo announced that the board had met in executive session Jan. 17 for an open space informational meeting. No decisions were made.

• The board of supervisors will next meet Monday, Feb.  27 at 7:30 p.m.

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Monica Thompson Fragale is a freelance reporter who spent her life dreaming of being in the newspaper business. That dream came true after college when she started working at The Kennett Paper and, years later The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale and other dailies. She turned to non-profit work after her first daughter was born and spent the next 13 years in that field. But while you can take the girl out of journalism, you can’t take journalism out of the girl. Offers to freelance sparked the writing bug again started her fingers happily tapping away on the keyboard. Monica lives with her husband and two children in Kennett Square.

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